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Shogun Rua calls for UFC to permit stomps
(espn.co.uk)
Mauricio Shogun Rua has told ESPN that he believes stomps should be made legal in the UFC. Former Pride star Shogun has spent the majority of his career in competitions permitting stomps, and he is a huge advocate of that particular weapon. The UFC had to outlaw the technique in order to bring the sport of MMA into the mainstream, a move Rua completely understands as president Dana White continues to take the sport into new territories.
Submitted Jun 24, 2011 7:11PM by kopower - 40 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mizuto Hirota Finally Ready to Return Twenty Months After Shocking Injury
(mmafighting.com)
On December 31, 2009, Mizuto Hirota got his arm wrenched behind his back by possibly the most ruthless man in MMA: DREAM lightweight champion Shinya Aoki. Hirota, who was then the Sengoku lightweight champion and had engaged in a war of words with Aoki prior to the bout, refused to tap and so Aoki wrenched the arm further and further until Hirota's body shook and a sickening snap was heard through Saitama Super Arena as referee Yuji Shimada proceeded to dive in and covered his mouth in shock. With Hirota lying stunned on the canvas and his arm destroyed, Shinya Aoki stood over his defeated opponent while sticking his tongue out and extending his middle finger before excitedly running around the ring and flipping off the audience. Not yet finished, Aoki then laughed at Hirota and mocked his broken arm before proudly named the submission after his boss, the "Keiichi Sasahara 2010." Hirota obviously should have tapped, but Aoki's performance at Dynamite!! 2009 was one of the lowest points in the history of Japanese MMA. At Deep 55 on August 26, twenty months after getting his arm snapped, Hirota will finally be ready to return.
Submitted Jun 24, 2011 4:19PM by emfleek - 7 comments
Filed under: Dream, MMA Personalities
 
Undefeated newcomer Lance Benoist signs multi-fight deal with UFC
(mmajunkie.com)
Undefeated welterweight Lance Benoist (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is octagon bound. A source close to the promotion today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the fighter has signed a four-fight deal with the UFC. Benoist's debut has not been set. A standout on the Midwest regional circuit, Benoist brings an impressive (albeit brief) resume into a deep division. He has ended all of his five professional fights and all but one of his six amateur fights in the first round. In fact, two of his first three professional victories came in the opening minute of the first round. While his amateur record is marked by TKO victories, his professional record boasts four submission wins.
Submitted Jun 24, 2011 4:17PM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre, Fabricio Werdum nominated for 2011 ESPY Awards
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC champions Jon Jones and Georges St-Pierre, as well as Strikeforce heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum, have all been nominated for 2011 ESPY Awards. Jones and St-Pierre were each nominated in the "Best Fighter" category while Werdum's June 2010 submission win over Fedor Emelianenko was nominated in the "Best Upset" category. Fans can vote on the winners from now through July 9, and the awards show airs on ESPN on July 13. Jones and St-Pierre are joined in the "Best Fighter" pool by standout boxers Bernard Hopkins, Sergio Martinez and Manny Pacquiao.
Submitted Jun 24, 2011 4:16PM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce
 
Cyborg Santos out of clash with Paul Daley
(espn.co.uk)
Paul Daley's management team have informed ESPN that the welterweight is searching for a new opponent after Evangelista Cyborg Santos was ruled out of their July 30 clash. Daley and Santos were heading for a potentially explosive 170lb war, as the co-main event to Dan Henderson's much anticipated encounter with Fedor Emelianenko. The clash could even have turned out to be for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title, after Nick Diaz switched to the UFC to fight Georges St-Pierre. Daley and Santos had been the most recent men to challenge Diaz for his throne. However, Santos has pulled out of the bout due to injury, and ESPN understands Strikeforce is currently in the process of finding a replacement opponent for Daley.
Submitted Jun 24, 2011 10:28AM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
James Toney vs. Ken Shamrock September 23
(bjpenn.com)
BJPENN.COM was the first to learn that James Toney and Ken Shamrock have agreed to face off in an MMA match on Sept. 23 in El Paso, Texas. While details are still emerging about the venue and fight card, the former UFC fighters are going to face off in a heavyweight attraction in what will be James Toney’s second professional MMA bout. BJPENN.COM confirmed this with both Toney’s manager and Mr. Toney himself this evening via telephone. Not 100% sure if this is real but it's all over twitter so figured I'd post it.
Submitted Jun 24, 2011 12:13AM by Budgellism - 26 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
MFC For Sale?
(mmasucka.com)
Earlier this morning Mark Pavelich tweeted this statement. "MFC FOR SALE 3.2 Million"
Submitted Jun 23, 2011 11:26PM by Budgellism - 10 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
UFC on Versus 4: Pat Barry – No More Mr. Nice Guy
(mmaweekly.com)
If there’s one thing you can say about UFC heavyweight Pat Barry beyond his fight skills, it’s that he’s a hell of a nice guy. During his Q&A appearance prior to UFC on Versus 3 in Louisville, Ky., Barry had a room full of fans laughing and joking along with him as he told stories and answered questions. At the UFC Fighter Summit, Barry somehow managed to strip down to his underwear and sit quietly during one of the talks being given, while fighters all around him chuckled and couldn’t help but laugh at the gentle giant’s antics. He even famously knocked down his idol Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic when they fought, and helped him back up.
Submitted Jun 23, 2011 7:57PM by pmoney - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Tim Kennedy Gets His Wish, Faces Robbie Lawler at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson
(mmaweekly.com)
Sometimes when you ask, you shall receive. Two former middleweight title contenders will battle it out as Tim Kennedy gets his wish and will face Robbie Lawler at the upcoming Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson card. Strikeforce officials announced the new bout on Thursday. Kennedy has been targeting the July 30 date for a while now, and just last month expressed his desire of opponents when speaking with MMAWeekly.com.
Submitted Jun 23, 2011 7:46PM by pmoney - 9 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Bantamweights Jeff Hougland and Donny Walker added to UFC 132
(mmajunkie.com)
A pair of promotional newcomers will round out July's "UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber" event, as bantamweights Jeff Hougland (9-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Donny Walker (15-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meet on the evening's preliminary card. UFC officials today announced the addition. UFC 132 takes place July 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber headline the event.
Submitted Jun 23, 2011 5:02PM by pmoney - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
'Whitey' Bulger arrest recalls UFC owner's roots
(content.usatoday.com)
The capture of one of the most wanted U.S. fugitives touches on the origins of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's parent company. James "Whitey" Bulger was arrested Wednesday near Los Angeles, law enforcement officials said. Bulger, one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted, is accused of leading Boston mobsters for decades. If at least one allegation is true, his organization also launched a chain of events that led to the formation of UFC owner Zuffa. edit: I really hope this is in the right forum. if not, I'm sorry
Submitted Jun 23, 2011 4:40PM by Poor_Franklin - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Melvin Guillard: A lightweight grand prix tournament is the solution for the 155-pound division
(mmamania.com)
Brackets? We don't need no stinking brackets ... actually, we do, at least according to Melvin Guillard. It ain't easy being a top contender in the 155-pound division. If you are, you're one of many and your spot in the pecking order is up for constant debate.
Submitted Jun 23, 2011 3:35PM by Budgellism - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Shark Fights 16 lineup official with 10 bouts, airs via tape delay on FUEL TV
(mmajunkie.com)
"Shark Fights 16: Neer vs. Juarez" is slated for June 25, and the night's 10-bout lineup is now official. The main event pits UFC veteran and current interim Shark Fights welterweight champ Josh Neer (29-10-1) against Jesse Juarez (15-7), and Elvis Mutapcic (8-1) meets fellow middleweight Arteneas Young (6-3) in the night's co-feature. Shark Fights 16 takes place at Ector County Coliseum in Odessa, Texas. The event will be filmed by FUEL TV and air later this year as part of FUEL TV's "Friday Fight Night." "We at Shark Fights are excited to bring our show back to West Texas," Shark Fights executive Wes Nolen stated. "We love our fans in West Texas, and West Texas loves us. We have put together a sensational card for this event with an intriguing mix of exciting veterans and some very impressive young fighters starting to make a little noise within the industry. "We are also thrilled to have our stellar commentating team back for this event, with WWE and WCW great Bill Goldberg providing the color alongside Erik Apple as the lead commentator. These two are a real asset to our programming."
Submitted Jun 23, 2011 3:02PM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Marius Zaromskis vs. Hayato "Mach" Sakurai Rematch Booked for DREAM BW Japan GP Finals
(mmafighting.com)
Another champion has been added to DREAM's upcoming event as DREAM welterweight champion and 2009 Welterweight GP champion Marius Zaromskis will rematch former pound-for-pound great Hayato "Mach" Sakurai in a non-title bout at Fight for Japan: DREAM 2011 Bantamweight Japan Tournament Final.
Submitted Jun 23, 2011 10:13AM by emfleek - 5 comments
Filed under: Dream
 
Jorge Gurgel vs Joe Duarte to headline Strikeforce Challengers 18 on Aug. 12
(mmamania.com)
UFC veteran Jorge Gurgel will look to string together back-to-back wins for the first time in four years when he collides with The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 alum Joe Duarte in the Strikeforce: "Challengers 18" main event at "The Palms" in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Aug. 12, 2011.
Submitted Jun 23, 2011 12:30AM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Alexis Davis vs. Julie Kedzie Latest Addition to Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson Card
(mmaweekly.com)
A welterweight women’s match-up is the latest addition to the Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson card with Alexis Davis meeting Julie Kedzie as both fighters make their promotional debuts. The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the match-up on Wednesday. Alexis Davis (9-4) makes her Strikeforce debut after signing a multi-fight deal with the promotion just recently.
Submitted Jun 22, 2011 7:31PM by pmoney - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
Mike Kyle vs. Gegard Mousasi possible for September Strikeforce event
(mmajunkie.com)
A matchup pitting former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi (30-3-2 MMA, 2-1-1 SF) against Mike Kyle (18-8-1 MMA, 2-3-1 SF) could be headed to the promotion's fall lineup. The pair were supposed to fight this past April at "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley" before Kyle was forced to withdraw with a broken hand. In his place stepped Keith Jardine, who fought Mousasi to a draw. The fight could take place at a yet-unnamed Strikeforce event slated for Sept. 10 that's expected to feature a middleweight title fight between current champ Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Luke Rockhold, though at this point, the date is not finalized.
Submitted Jun 22, 2011 6:36PM by pmoney - 20 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
Shark Fights 16 fight card finalized for 'Neer vs Juarez' on June 25 in Odessa
(mmamania.com)
Amarillo, Texas -- Hard charging, Texas-based mixed martial arts fight promotion company, Shark Fight Promotions, is set to deliver another exceptional night of MMA excitement in Odessa, Texas on Saturday, June 25th at the Ector County Coliseum. Fresh off their successful debut outside of their home state of Texas in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the promotion is excited to bring their fans in West Texas another action-packed combat experience. Shark Fights 16 in Odessa will feature the hard-hitting Shark Fights Interim Welterweight Champ Josh Neer and California native Jesse Juarez in a non-title bout. This match up will display two opposing styles between two seasoned veterans. Neer (29-10-1), preferring the standup game that demonstrates his superb striking skills, will face the tough ground game of Juarez (15-6-0) who is not afraid to stand toe-to-toe or take it to the mat to finish off an opponent.
Submitted Jun 22, 2011 6:23PM by pmoney - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Jorge Gurgel returns at Strikeforce Challengers 18 against opponent yet to be determined
(mmajunkie.com)
Strikeforce lightweight contender Jorge Gurgel (14-7 MMA, 2-2 SF) will return to action on Aug. 12. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt today announced his intentions via Twitter. His opponent for the matchup has yet to be determined. Gurgel is expected to compete on the main card of the as-yet-unannounced Strikeforce Challengers 18, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported Wednesday morning will take place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
Submitted Jun 22, 2011 5:30PM by pmoney - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
UFC Quick Quote: 'Let's be honest, Joe Stevenson hasn't really evolved much in three years'
(mmamania.com)
Them fightin' words. Less than a week before his UFC on Versus 4 bout against Joe Stevenson, WEC import Javier Vazquez sizes up "Daddy" on Sherdog's Beatdown Radio show.
Submitted Jun 22, 2011 4:45PM by Budgellism - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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